Well look at that. Georgia made national headlines for our comprehensive carry bill in Time. The article is below the fold. While the article does little to explain anything about the bill, it is always interesting (at least to me) how Georgia is positioned in national headlines. Forbes identified us as the 22nd best place for business and careers in 2013. I wonder how this affects our rankings in regards to people willing to live and work in the state, open local businesses (including bars), and I will be interested to see how this affects our crime rate in the future.
Critics call the far-reaching legislation allowing guns in bars, schools and churches the “Guns Everywhere Act,” but supporters say it restores Second Amendment rights
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign into law Wednesday radical newgun legislation that will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including government buildings, bars, and a wide variety of public places.
The law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” allows churches to “opt-in” to permit weapons, school districts to appoint staff carrying firearms, and requires bars to opt out if they wish to ban firearms, NBC reports. Gun owners caught at airport security checkpoints can pick up their weapons and leave with no criminal penalty.
Critics have called the new legislation the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” and gun control groups including Americans for Responsible Solutions and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have strongly criticized the bill, as has the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Frank Rotondo. “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street,” said Rotondo, “particularly police officers in inner city areas.”
Proponents of the law say, however, that it strengthens the Second Amendment and will make people safer. “When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys,” said Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse, who introduced the bill.
Eight states have loosened gun regulations since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in December 2012, while 10 states have strengthened regulations, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.